Bruce David Bain

Bruce David Bain

Tyler, Texas

Bruce D. Bain, shareholder, is a board certified specialist in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a member in the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Bruce received his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, and his B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi-Oxford. He limits his practice solely to complex family law issues which range from complicated custody and conservatorship issues to complex property concerns relating to property characterization and reimbursement. Bruce also handles multi-state jurisdictional issues for out-of-state litigants and foreign nationals as well as grandparent access and custody.

Bruce is a regular writer and presenter providing continuing legal education to fellow attorneys. The issues have ranged from discovery rules and procedures to new legislation regarding reimbursement on properties to modifications and enforcement of custody issues.

Bruce is currently a Board of Director of the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Texas - one of only 25 board members for the entire state. He previously served two terms as a member of the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee for family law issues, served as a Director for the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and served on the State Bar of Texas' Form Book Committee for the Texas Family Law Practice Manual. Bruce is a sustaining life member of the Texas Family Law Bar Foundation and a member of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Not only involved in statewide bar politics, Bruce is also a founding member of the Smith County Bar Association's Family Law Section, and he is a former President of both the Smith County Bar Association and the Smith County Bar Foundation. Bruce donates some of his time through East Texas Legal Services providing pro bono services for indigent clients. Bruce was a board member of the Alzheimer's Alliance of Northeast Texas, Inc., and served as President for a term.

Married to Martha for 19 plus wonderful years and a full-time father of three great boys as multiple sports assistant, homework helper, diorama assistant, reader, listener, video game time arbitrator with binding unappealable authority, he finds himself being an outdoorsman more and more as the boys grow and learn.

Bruce's office is in Tyler, Texas, the county seat of Smith County, but he regularly practices all over East Texas. He makes regular court appearances in Longview, Gregg County; Palestine, Anderson County; Rusk, Cherokee County; Henderson, Rusk County; Quitman, Wood County; Athens, Henderson County; and Canton, Van Zandt County. He also takes cases in Rains County, Hopkins County, Franklin County, Camp County, Upshur County, Panola County, Angelina County, Houston County, and Freestone County.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1995


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: Moot Court Teams
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
    • B.B.A. - 1990
    • Major: Business


  • Economic Contribution and Valuation, Texas Center for the Judiciary, 2007 - Present
  • Ethics: Paralegals and You, State Bar of Texas - Marriage Dissolution Boot Camp, 2005 - Present
  • Ethics: Paralegals and Lawyers, Rural Association for Court Administrators, 2007 - Present
  • Post Judgment Issues, Ultimate Trial Notebook, State Bar of Texas, 2006 - Present
  • Motions in Limine, Family Law Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, 2005 - Present
  • When Disaster Strikes, Advanced Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 2003 - Present
  • Economic Contribution, Family Law Section, Smith County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • New Grievance Procedures, Family Law Section, Smith County Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • New Cases and Legislation, Family Law Section, Smith County Bar Association, 2002, 2003
  • Economic Contribution, Smith County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Child Support Accountability Program, Texas Attorney General & Probation Officers, 2003 - Present
  • Family Law Issues and School Responsibility, Texas Private Schools, Texas Private Schools, 2002 - Present
  • Family Law Issues and School Responsibility, All Saints Episcopal School, 2002 - Present
  • Economic Contribution, Texas Panhandle Family Law Association, 2002 - Present
  • Modification of Custody, State Bar of Texas, Pro Bono Project, 2001 - Present
  • The New Discovery Rules, Smith County Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Co-Chair, Parenting Plans: Visitation and Custody, UT Law School Fall CLE, 2007 - Present
  • Co-Course Director, Family Law Boot Camp, Family Law Advanced Course, State Bar of Texas, 2008 - Present
  • Co-Course Director, The Definitive Short Course on Parent-Child Relationships,, University of Texas Law School CLE, 2007 - Present
  • Economic Torts, Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2008 - Present
  • Getting It In and Keeping It Out, State Bar of Texas Family Law Essentials, 2008 - Present
  • Economic Torts, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2008 - Present
  • Child Support and the Failing Economy, University of Texas CLE, 2009 - Present
  • Parent-Child Relationships - Critical Thinking on Critical Issues, University of Texas CLE, 2007 - Present
  • Post-Divorce Medical Benefits (Now You See it, Now You Don't), ProBono Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Family Law Essentials, 2012 - Present
  • Getting What You Want Through Negotiation (or at least Getting What You Need), State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law, Panel Speaker, 2012 - Present
  • Family Law - Top 10 Things You Can't Live Without, Smith County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Parentage and Paternity Fraud, Smith County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2012 - Present
  • Child Support - Statutory and Contractual, State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution, 2012 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Young Lawyer of the Year, Smith County Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • Pro Bono Service Recognition, Smith County Bar Association, 2002 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Academy Family Law Specialists, Member, 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Pattern Jury Charge Committee, 2001 - 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee District 2A, 2003 - 2009
  • Texas Supreme Court, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2001 - Present
  • Smith County Bar Association, President, 2005 - 2006
  • Smith County Bar Association, Vice-President, 2004 - 2005
  • Smith County Bar Association, Secretary, 2002 - 2003
  • Smith County Bar Association Family Law Section, President, 2003 - 2004
  • Smith County Bar Foundation, Director, 2004 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, National Appellate Advocacy Competition, National Student Director, 1993 - 1994
  • State Bar of Texas, Texas Family Law Practice Manual Formbook Committee, 2007 - 2009
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 2A, Chairman, 2005 - 2007
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Council, Board of Directors , 2011 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Texas Academy Family Law Specialists, Director, 2004 - 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee District 2A, Chairman, 2005 - 2007
  • Smith County Bar Foundation, President, 2007 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • East Texas Legal Services, 1998 - Present
  • Volunteer Mediator During Settlement Week, Smith County Bar, 2002 - Present


  • Kappa Sigma